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CCC's Activities

The CCC is part of the national computing research community - and it works with the community to envision and enable the pursuit of high-impact research directions. Among its activities:

Numerous talks/articles, a blog, and a Computing Research Highlight of the Week - to inspire and engage the community.

Community visioning activities (more than a dozen thus far). These bring together members of the community to coalesce around research visions, articulate these visions in compelling ways, and ideally translate these visions into funded programs under the guidance of the CCC. These are initiated by the community, the CCC Council, or funding agencies. Recently, officials at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the NSF credited a roadmap that resulted from a CCC visioning activity on robotics for the creation of the National Robotics Initiative.

Major national multi-agency workshops on Discovery and Innovation in Health IT and the Role of Information Sciences and Engineering on Sustainability. These differ from community visioning activities in that CCC takes end-to-end responsibility.

CCC-sponsored Research Frontiers sessions (i.e., Visionary Conference Tracks) at major conferences that explore out-of-the-box research ideas in the field.

White papers describing strategic areas of investment in computing research. A senior official noted these "have had a clear influence on Administration budget... and already sparked collaborations between government, industry, and academia."

A daylong symposium at the Library of Congress, Computing Research that Changed the World, describing the accomplishments and potential of computing research. Valuable collateral materials (slides, short illustrated papers, videos) were created and disseminated. There have been more than 85,000 YouTube views of the videos.

A Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) that educates computing researchers on how science policy is formulated.

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project (2009 & 2010) - a postdoctoral program with many unique, beneficial characteristics. Over 1,200 registered as prospective mentors during the first year, and over 700 applied. In mid-year surveys, every one of the 107 CIFellows reported “highly successful” or “moderately successful” experiences. Over 90% of the CIFellows participated in a December 2010 CIFellows Research Meeting & Career Mentoring Workshop.

A community-wide discussion of the role of postdoctoral programs in our field, currently underway - a discussion initiated by the CCC but carried out under the CRA banner in order to emphasize that the discussion is broader than the CIFellows Project.

"CS URGE: Computer Science Undergraduate Research & Graduate Education" - a website designed to inspire undergraduates to pursue research and eventually graduate school, including a free listing service for summer undergraduate research opportunities.

A compendium of Landmark Contributions by Students in Computer Science, emphasizing the role of education in creating high-impact research breakthroughs. Regina Dugan, the new DARPA Director, highlighted a number of these in early talks.

The recent assessment by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) of the 14-agency, $4.3 billion Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology - in effect a blueprint for the direction of the computing research field. Five CCC Council members were appointed to the 14-person Working Group, and the final report drew heavily upon their understanding of the computing research landscape developed through their CCC involvement, as well as upon various CCC outputs.